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Working Across Disciplinary Fields

Nico Ramos Flores, a Spanish and Portuguese Studies Ph.D. candidate, is writing his dissertation on Afro-Caribbean/Afro-Latino literature. Yet, Nico recently crossed into a new disciplinary field to work with Professor Greta Friedemann-Sanchez on her project, “Family Commissioners: Fostering Justice, Security and Peace in Colombian Families in the Post-Conflict Era” (COLPAZ).
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The Fragile State: Professor McNamara's Research on IDPs in El Salvador

Professor Patrick McNamara formulated his Human Rights Initiative Grant-funded project, “From IDPs to Refugees: Forced Migration in El Salvador," to investigate the issue of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in El Salvador. Rampant gang violence, endemic poverty, lack of a proper social safety net, and the constant risk of natural disaster threatens to drastically raise the number of internally displaced persons, which already sits in the tens of thousands.
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Researching Their Future: What Professor Creamer's RAs Learned Through Their...

The Human Rights Initiative Grants supported RAs Kayla Goldfarb and Gemechu Mekonnen as they contributed research to Professor Creamer's project on self-reporting with human rights treaties. They not only learned about the human rights-focused work, but also what they hope to do with their careers after they achieve their respective degrees.
Kathryn Sikkink speaking in front of an audience at the McNamara Alumni Center on March 7, 2018.

A Hopeful Evening

On March 7, 2018, University of Minnesota Regents Professor Emerita Kathryn Sikkink marked the release of her new book with an inspiring presentation and conversation at the McNamara Alumni Center detailing the effectiveness of the human rights movement.
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2018 Children of Incarcerated Caregivers Paid Internship

CIC is a Minneapolis-based non-profit dedicated to researching and advocating for policies and programs that improve the lives of children whose caregivers are incarcerated or facing incarceration or detention. CIC is seeking one or two student interns for part time, paid summer positions. Applicants must be current University of Minnesota students who will be enrolled in a graduate or professional program at the University of Minnesota in the fall of 2018.
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Students Collaborate with Human Rights Watch to Research Human Rights in America

When people in the United States think about human rights, such topics as famine, torture, and warfare in other countries often come to mind before issues here at home. But a new research project at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs and the College of Liberal Arts—the latest in an extensive partnership with Human Rights Watch (HRW)—will focus the human rights lens on the U.S.
Pictured left to right, Valentina Salas, Lisa Hilbink, and Bridget Marchesi

Equal Rights & Unequal Remedies

Justice is a fundamental human right. U of M political scientists Lisa Hilbink, Bridget Marchesi, Valentina Salas, and political science undergraduate Monica Delgado are working in Chile and Columbia to examine whether, when, and how their citizens would turn to their judicial systems to seek legal remedies for human rights violations.